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I first heard about the Otak-Otak Place from suanie who said “the food is good loh”.

It would not be so significant if the statement was from anyone else, but suanie is from Batu Pahat, which is very close to Muar where they sells the best otak-otak. So when Mell and I found ourselves in Tropicana City Mall a couple days ago, I decided to pay a visit to this restaurant.

otak-otak place
otak-otak place, quirky but old school design

Otak-otak place is decorated in a very quirky but old school way, there are old black bicycles, furniture designs from a couple generations ago, and even Ding Dang and Tora snacks for sale.

The selection on their menu is actually quite wide. There are half a dozen types of otak-otak to choose from (steamed, bbq, “cucur”, dumpling, roll, etc), with fish, squid, or prawn fillings. Local favorites like nasi lemak, ayam perchik, pulut, roti jala, mee rebus, asam laksa, curry laksa, soto, fish head noodles, bakso, and more are available too.

otak-otak, roti jala, mee bandung muar
steamed otak-otak, roti jala, mee bandung muar, bbq otak-otak

We ordered steamed otak-otak (squid), 5 sticks of BBQ otak-otak (fish), mee bandung Muar, and roti jala for dinner. While waiting for food to be served, we amused ourselves with the Happy Families card game on the table, anyone still remembers the rules?

We managed a few games before the steamed otak-otak (RM 3) arrived, and it was actually very delicious, I’d rate it better than the one at Kopitiam, 1-Utama. The BBQ stick otak-otak too tasted very close to those suanie brought from Muar, though at RM 5.50 for 5 sticks they are quite a bit more pricey than the Southern counterparts, but someone has to pay for air conditioning and mall rental.

otak-otak place, KY and Mellissa
KY and Mell

Mee bandung Muar (RM 7.90) comes in a clay pot with prawns, meat, egg, vegetable, and half a lime. I asked for mee with meehun. While I don’t really know how the “authentic” mee bandung Muar tastes like, this one cuts the cake for me. The soup was flavorful and ingredients aplenty, but those who can’t handle spicy food should take caution though.

Mell liked the roti jala (RM 5.90) she ordered too. I took a bite, and while the roti jala was good, I thought the chicken curry could be a bit thicker.

Tropicana City Mall is located between LDP & Sprint

The meal came to around RM 25 for two of us, including drinks. There is a 5% service charge but no government tax imposed. You can find Otak-otak place at lower ground floor, new wing of 1-Utama shopping complex.

As a bonus, there’s yogurt ice cream at Tropicana City Mall too, and now that GSC is opening there, it has become my all time favorite hang-out place especially when the weather is too hot.

Otak-Otak Place
Lot L1-58, 1st Floor
Tropicana City Mall
3, Jalan SS20/27
47400 Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.130757,101.626421
Tel:03-7728 0403

Discuss : Otak-otak place at Tropicana City Mall

  1. Mellissa

    Don’t forget the kaya balls, the number one reason to go to Tropicana City Mall! 😀

  2. Hmm…it looks pretty good. I just never got around to eating there coz it seems like one of them franchise places (e.g. Laksa Shack) that mass produces their stuff.

    I shall check it out. 🙂

  3. Mellissa,
    you and your kaya balls! 😛

    Huai Bin,
    Yah I had thought so too initially, I’m glad I was wrong. 😀

  4. superweightkoalabear

    parking still free?

  5. Not a fan of otak-otak so I’ll give this a miss. GSC TM is giving free screenings!

  6. superweightkoalabear,
    Yess, still free as of now. 😀

    But how could you? otak-otak’s besttt!

  7. i saw they have promotion for otak-otak stick in 1U branch, RM0.90 each

  8. I personally don’t find Otak-otak is a great place to go. In terms of the ambiance, was ok but in terms of food, so so only.

    I just went to Otak-Otak in 1Utama for lunch just now. I had the set menu for 2 (RM 18.90 after 5% tax inclusive of drinks). The otak-otak is great, quite similar to those from muar.

    the soto ayam – taste below average. Pasar malam one taste better

    ayam percik – tasteless, not spicy and not salty.

    arca – taste good. better than my mom’s arca.

    well, worth trying but this place would not be a place where I crave for lor.

  9. Jade Zheng

    y the otak like so kedekut one? like sehelai~

  10. i like otak otak veyr much …. but eating at mall is bit expensive ….

  11. Wow, time to pay the Otak2 a visit. Also to the local favourite gameshop there too…

  12. Jade Zheng,
    Stick otak-otak memang like that maa kan?

    Yah, like most other things. lol.

    oOo gameshop, I think I know which one you’re talking about. 😉

  13. Tropicana City Mall is like a “dead” place. I hope the GSC cinema will change all that and make it a more happening place : )

  14. I like the steamed otak-otak there. Tea time special – toast, otak-otak and tea/coffee for RM 5 only 😉

  15. the food there is pretty good. when they opened they were having a special offer where you could buy 5 sticks of otak-otak for only RM3

    guess that’s over, eh?

    Tropicana City Mall is getting better and better as the days go by 🙂

  16. thenomadGourmand

    dont order the Pg otak version..i think they havent got tht one right yet! hehe..
    the claypot beehun fish head also MUST be avoided. Otr then tht, there were mixed reviews of this plc so far..mayb some stuffs good some so-so..

  17. foongpc,
    Hahaha not so “dead” anymore 😀

    Simon Seow,
    Yaaa, very nice!

    Well the offer is over but food is still pretty good, GSC just opened!

    Ah, isn’t that usually the case for most places? 🙂

  18. the possibility going there tonite is high?

  19. OtakOtak! 13 sticks at 1 go..what abt u?

  20. ok ok…will go there to makan otak otak when i go to tropicana city mall to cut my hair…wonder those otak otak ready made sold at tesco mkt, nice to eat a not?

  21. Myhorng,
    Hahaha why not?

    Hahah I think I can do 20! 😛

    Those ready made? I’m not so sure… try it and let us know 😛

  22. i miss otak otak a lot… can’t get it here in the uk… thought of making it but decided to give up after looking at the recipe… the otak otak looks nice in your picture…

  23. otak otak ftw! i wanna go down muar again… and actually penang. ya these both places!

  24. aeroplane1234

    otak normally as side dish become main theme. soon we may see “FISH CAKE” or “CENDOL” restaurant. 🙂

  25. cindy khor,
    Aren’t there some Malaysian restaurants offering it? 🙂

    Yah, those two places are along the way. hahaha

    Hahaha that’s your new restaurant? 😛

  26. hi all, this place actually sell more than otak otak. I would like to say the coffee add power actually is very nice too. The one without add power its ok, but add power is much better. 🙂

  27. kk,
    Ooo, coffee add power, interesting name!

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